May is Bike Month

 

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This year, like every other, Muscle Powered is cramming tons of really cool bike events into Bike Month. All of which are listed on the Muscle Powered calendar. Here’s some more information about each of the events.

 

Ladies Mountain Bike Ride

The Ladies Mountain Bike Ride is a recurring event that takes place every Tuesday evening starting at 5:30 pm. Riders will meet up at Foothill Dr parking area (a.k.a. Pooh Corner) and ride some of the best single-track the Eastern Sierra has to offer. Helmets required.

 

Sunday Road Ride

As the name indicates, every Sunday a group gathers to ride road bikes. Meetup at Fremont School parking lot at 8 am. Riders usually split up into two groups (tortoises and hares) and each do 10-15 mile loops. Helmets required.

 

Bike Habitat’s Tour of Carson City
Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 9:00 am
Fuji Park Exhibit Hall

One of the region’s premier organized rides of Bike Month is put on by Bike Habitat. The Tour of Carson City is a scenic 30 miles loop around Carson complete with a popsicle stand at the halfway point and a fully catered lunch waiting for riders upon their return. The best part is that it’s all free. Partners include: Muscle Powered, the Carson Senators Mountain Bike Team, and San Marcos Grill.

 

Celebrity Ride Invitational
Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 11:00 am
McFadden Plaza

Everyone who’s anyone comes out for the Celebrity Ride. Local celebs are invited each year to participate. Riders will meet at McFadden Plaza and ride at a pleasant, easy pace around the historic west side of Carson City. The route will follow the famed Blue Line, offering several opportunities for photos with historically significant backdrops.

 

Bike Commuter Challenge
May 14 – 18, 2018

During Bike to Work Week, Muscle Powered sponsors this friendly competition. Get your co-workers together and form your teams. Commute to work over the course of the week and add up your miles. Participants in the challenge compete in various categories such as ‘most miles’ and ‘most trips.’ Sign up by emailing info@musclepowered.org

 

Ride/Walk of Silence
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 6:00 pm
Telegraph Square

The Ride of Silence is a free ride that asks its cyclists to ride no faster than 12 mph, wear helmets, follow the rules of the road and remain silent during the ride. There are no registration fees. The ride aims to raise awareness of safety issues facing all road users. It is also a chance to show respect for and honor the lives of those who have been killed or injured. This year, Muscle Powered has widened the scope of this event to include walkers/pedestrians.

 

No Zombie Texting Video Awards
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 7:30 pm
Brewery Arts Center – Black Box Theater

This video competition provided students the opportunity to create impactful 30-second video public service announcements to educate about the dangers of texting and driving as it impacts walkers and bicyclists. We have five :30 student videos that will be shown, and video teams will talk about their creative collaborative efforts. NOTE: The video awards ceremony is just after the Ride/Walk of Silence.

 

Bike and Music Festival
Friday, May 18, 2018 at 6:00 pm
McFadden Plaza

Ride your bikes over to McFadden Plaza for Muscle Powered’s 2018 Bike and Music Festival. Join Muscle Powered as we celebrate our 20th anniversary in Carson City. Get your raffle tickets for a chance to win some great bicycle swag, including a brand new bike (courtesy of Bike Habitat). Participate in one of the events: Paperboy Challenge, Slow-Race, Tricycle Time Trials. Or just hang out and enjoy the live music and a cold brew.

 

West Side Cruiser Ride
Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 6:00 pm
Brewery Arts Center

Where your costume, decorate your bike, and just have fun. Everyone is welcome to join this community ride through the west end of Carson City. You never know who you’ll run into on this ride with an eclectic collection of crazy bikes and even crazier people!

 

Full Moon Night Ride
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Foothill Dr parking area

Experience the trails like you never have before…by the light of the full moon. Muscle Powered and The Bike Smith collaborate efforts on this night time excursion into the wilderness on two wheels. Riders will meet up at the parking area on Foothill Dr and ascend into the hills of Ash Canyon. Helmets and lights mandatory.

 

For any questions regarding these events, please visit the Contact Us page.

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Trash Mob focuses on multi-use trail

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Trash Mob volunteers remove littler along East Hwy 50

Trash Mobs are a grassroots community effort coordinated by Muscle Powered volunteers to keep the walkways and bike paths around Carson City free of litter.

The monthly, one-hour events take place at various locations around town that are in need of cleaning. Volunteers, who are supplied with work gloves and trash bags by Muscle Powered staff, remove litter from areas often used by citizens for recreational purposes such as walking, jogging or cycling.

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A mother helps her son remove trash near Stewart St during a Trash Mob

According to Muscle Powered’s Randy Gaa, “The idea is to keep our trails free of litter, whether they’re paved or dirt. For example, we’ve removed tons of garbage from the paths along the Carson River. We’ve even had volunteers pull appliances and car parts out of the water.”

The idea of the Trash Mob was conceived by former president of Muscle Powered, Donna Inversin. Inversin had been planning the Trash Mob project for some time, but had difficulty fitting the event into her schedule. During a Muscle Powered conditioning hike in 2015, Randy Gaa complained to Inversin about litter he had seen, and Inversin recruited Gaa to be the new Trash Mob project coordinator.

Since that time, Trash Mobs have been involved in removing thousands of pounds of trash from the trails all over Carson City. The project has grown both in scope and participation. In 2016, in partnership with Carson City’s Parks, Recreation, and Open Space division, Trash Mobs were involved in removing invasive species of noxious weeds from Horse Creek Ranch. In another Trash Mob project, the father and son team of Todd and Ari Erickson coordinated the removal of old tree protectors that had been put in by the Forrest Service after the Waterfall Fire in 2004 and had long since outlived their usefulness.

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Litter that was found along the Carson River and removed by a Trash Mob

This Saturday, August 26th the Trash Mob will be removing littler from the area along the Multi-Use Path that follows the freeway near College Parkway. The event has been held at this spot multiple times in the past. According to Gaa, “It’s a bad spot due to a couple of reasons. First the wind blows trash in from two nearby big box stores and the fence along the path acts like a net, catching the litter. Secondly, the area is just out of view enough to allow people to illegally dump garbage without being easily seen.”

All interested individuals are encouraged to join the effort by participating in this month’s Trash Mob. With the idea of increasing participation by minimizing the impact to volunteer’s schedule, the Trash Mob event is only one hour long and held early enough in the morning so that it does not conflict with other weekend activities.

For more details or to join Muscle Powered, go to the organization’s website at: www.musclepowered.org

August Trash Mob details:
Date: Saturday, August 26th
Time: 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Location: Meet up at parking lot between Dotty’s Casino and US Bank just north of the Walmart Parking lot off College Parkway. For a Google map of the meet up location, go to: https://tinyurl.com/y7xdb2dy
Work gloves and trash bags will be provided.

Clear Creek Extension Trail Project

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Click here to read the original Forrest Service document.

United States Department of Agriculture
Forrest Service
Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Carson Ranger District
Douglas County, Nevada

July 31, 2017

 

Scoping Document
Clear Creek Extension Trail Project

 

Comments Welcome

The Carson Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest welcomes your comments on this proposal to construct an extension of the Clear Creek Trail that would add approximately 6.5 miles to the existing trail. The proposed extension would connect the trail at its high point (6,200 ft.) to the Tahoe Rim Trail at the Spooner Summit South Trailhead (7,150 ft.). Approximately 6.5 miles of the proposed trail extension is located on National Forest System (NFS) lands on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest primarily in Sections 5, 6, 7, and 8 of Township 15N and Range 19E, Mt. Diablo Meridian. (see Figure 1: Clear Creek Extension Trail Project Map).

The Carson Ranger District has tentatively determined that this proposed project may be categorically excluded from documentation in an environmental assessment (EA) or environmental impact statement (EIS) pursuant to Forest Service Handbook (FSH) 1909.15, Section 32.2(1), “Construction and reconstruction of trails,” (36 CFR 220.6(e) (1)). A Decision Memo is anticipated to document the decision regarding this proposed action, unless extraordinary circumstances related to the proposed action warrant further analysis and documentation in an EA or EIS as outlined in FSH 1909.15, 31.2.

 

Background

The Carson Ranger District has been working with a variety of partners over many years to provide a sustainable system of trails that meets the needs of forest visitors and local communities while protecting resources. Generally, the District focuses on multiple use trail proposals that meet the shared goals of the Forest Service and trail partners. These goals include:

  • Connectivity between existing trails;
  • Creating long loop opportunities; and
  • Improving access to existing trailheads and communities.

 

Purpose and Need for Action

The proposed trail extension would provide a much-needed connector between the Tahoe Rim Trail and the Clear Creek Trail, creating opportunities for longer trips and increased connectivity to surrounding trails. In addition, the new trail segment would help address ongoing trespass issues on adjacent private lands (Old Clear Creek Road) by offering legal access to the Clear Creek watershed from the existing Jacks Valley Trailhead.

 

Proposed Action

The project includes full bench construction of a new trail that would be open to all non-motorized uses including hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian. The estimated trail length represents approximately 6.5 miles on NFS lands. The new trail segment would provide a connection from the existing Clear Creek Trail to the Tahoe Rim Trail at the Spooner Summit South trailhead located on U.S. Highway 50.

The trail would be constructed to Forest Service specifications as follows:

  • 18”-30” full bench construction.
  • Average trail grade would be 7% or less depending on soil type.
  • Maximum trail grade (12%) for very short sections (100’ or less).
  • Short pitch sections up to 20% with runouts and armoring.
  • Trail grade would not exceed one-half of side slope grade.
  • Minimum 2%-6% out slope on bench cut / trail tread.
  • Back slope from bench cut to be minimum 1:1 slope.
  • Bench cut material on down slope to be thoroughly dispersed.
  • Trail corridor to be clear of vegetation for a width of 6’ and height of 10’ to allow for pack stock.
  • Grade reversals or grade breaks every 100-200′ maximum spacing.
  • Switchbacks and turns would be located on side slopes less than:
    • 40% for switchbacks
    • 25% for berm turns
    • 15% for climbing turns
  • The trail layout avoids cutting of trees greater than 8 inches in diameter at breast height (DBH). No five-needle pines would be cut and the District Forester would review any trees identified for removal prior to cutting.
  • The trail alignment has been carefully placed and surveyed to avoid cultural resources, rare plants, and sensitive habitat for wildlife species.

 

How to Comment

Comments would be most helpful if received by August 30, 2017. Written comments must be submitted to: Irene Davidson, District Ranger; 1536 South Carson Street, Carson City, Nevada, 89701 or to the facsimile number (775) 884-8199. The office hours for those submitting hand delivered comments are: 8:00-4:30 Monday-Friday, excluding holidays.

To provide electronic comments please email your comments to the project contact at
danielmorris@fs.fed.us. Please use the term “Clear Creek Extension Trail Project” in the subject line of your email.

Comments received in response to this scoping notice, including names and address of those who comment, will be considered part of the public record for this project and will be available for public review and will be released if requested under the Freedom of Information Act.

For further information, please contact Daniel Morris at 775-884-8140. danielmorris@fs.fed.us

 

Saturday’s Trash Mob Relocated

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Previously, a message had gone out inviting volunteers to participate in a special Trash Mob this Saturday, July 15th, removing the invasive weed, Bull Thistle from Carson City’s easement at Horse Creek Ranch.

Those plans have been changed.

Parks & Rec called today and with the current conditions of the meadow at Horse Creek Ranch we will not be able to make it up for the thistle removal. Everything is still too wet and overgrown to have a complete, safe work day. We will try again later this fall when the conditions improve.

Instead, we will hold a normal one-hour Trash Mob on the east side of the Carson River. Meetup Saturday, July 15th at 8:00 am at the dirt lot just off Sierra Vista Ln.

Meetup location: http://tinyurl.com/yde33ry2

Work gloves and trash bags provided. Dress appropriately.

Hail the Trail Deadline Midnight, Sun 6/25

 

The deadline to purchase raffle tickets to win one of three high-speed mountain bikes is fast approaching. There are only a few hours left before the deadline of midnight tonight (Sunday, June 25th). The drawing will be made at noon on Monday, June 26th. So act now and go to https://epicrides.com/hailthetrail/ to get your raffle tickets.

From the Epic Rides website…

• Registration will close on June 25th, 2017 at 00:00 PDT.
• Winner will be drawn, at random, on June 26th, 2017 at 12:00 PDT.

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